Year Round
Nepal, Patan, Lalitpur
1 Days

According to the local legend, they claims that the four ancient stupas were built when the great Buddhist emperor Ashokas who expended Buddhism when he came to the valley on third century BC. This four Ashoka stupa present the ancient culture, tradition and lifestyle of Kathmandu valley.  Emperor Ashoka expanded Buddhism far and wide in four corners of the Patan city also known as Lalitpur.

Legend claims that great Buddhist emperor Ashoka built four ancient stupas marking the boundaries of Patan when he visited the valley 2500 years ago. All are worth a quick visit, especially during the auspicious full moon of August when Buddhist and Tibetan pilgrims walk around all four stupas in a single day.
Above tour is design for a day walking (pilgrimage tour) especially for Buddhist pilgrimage or any who are enthusiast about ancient culture or Buddhism.

Are you interested for sightseeing and get into stunning stupa views, diverse its location, and unique pilgrimage walk? Join me.

Also like to visit Patan Durbar Square and other Viharas, do let us know!

Tentative plan of walking

Stupa 1: Meet at Patan Durbar Square, And walk to Teta Thura (Eastern Stupa)
Stupa 2: Then walk to Lagan Thura (Southern Stupa)
Stupa 3: Walk to Pucho Thura (Western Stupa), and
Stupa 4: Walk to Ibahi Thura (Northern Stupa)

Well this walking plan is design as clockwise walk however it can be done the way one wish! For the pilgrimage, it is advise to visit above plan. Our guide stay flexible.

Package details:

JOIN GROUP 1 day before
Tour Guide
Map of Patan City
Brief info of Patan
Any entrance fee
Expenses of personal nature such as, lunch, water etc.
Tips for guide
If like to drive, taxi or any transportation.
Not mentioned above

More about ‘Ashoka the Great’ – 304 to 232 BCE

Emperor Ashoka was the third emperor of the Mauryan dynasty, grandson of its founder Chandragupta and son of the second emperor, Bindusara. Ashoka also known as ‘Ashoka the Great’, was an emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, son of Bindusara, who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from 268 to 232 BCE.
Upon Bindusara’s death, Ashoka and his brothers engaged in a war of succession, and Ashoka emerged victorious after several years of conflict. Considered by many to be one of India’s greatest emperors, Ashoka expanded Chandragupta’s empire to reign over territory stretching from present-day Afghanistan in the west to present-day Bangladesh in the east. It covered the entire Indian subcontinent except for parts of present-day Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. The empire’s capital was Pataliputra (in Magadha, present-day Patna), with provincial capitals at Takshashila (later Taxila) and Ujjain.

The Kalinga war consider as bloodiest battles in world history. The Kalinga war was between the Maurya Empire with Ashoka and the state of Kalinga, and after that war, Ashoka got upset with the bloodshed, and vowed to never fight again. And at the same time, this war is said to have prompted Ashoka to adopt Buddhism. Thus,
Ashok converted to Budhhism and he patronized Buddhism during his reign. Ashoka promoted and the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia.

Legends about “Ashoka” the Great

Beyond the edicts of Ashoka, biographical information about him relies on legends written centuries later, such as the 2nd-century CE Ashokavadana (“Narrative of Ashoka”, a part of the Divyavadana), and in the Sri Lankan text Mahavamsa (“Great Chronicle”). The emblem of the modern Republic of India is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka. His Sanskrit name “Aśoka” means “painless, without sorrow” (the a privativum and śoka, “pain, distress”).

In his edicts, he is referred to as Devānāmpriya (Pali Devānaṃpiya or “the Beloved of the Gods”), and Priyadarśin or Priyadarshi (Pali Piyadasī or “He who regards everyone with affection”). His fondness for a tree is the reason for his name being connected to the “Ashoka tree” or Saraca asoca, and this is referenced in the Ashokavadana.

About Ashoka visit to Kathmandu Valley, Patan

There is little evidence to support the fact that the Emperor Ashoka ever visited Kathmandu valley. However, there are four stupas supposedly built by Ashoka in 250 AD. Marking the four corners of Patan, three of these stupas are located in and around Patan, while the fourth one is near Shankamul having a beautiful concrete stupa. The four Stupas are ‘The Lagan Thura (South), the Teta Thura (East), Pucho Thura (West) and the Ibahi Thura (North)’ respectively.

It is believed that at the time these Stupas were built, Buddhism flourished in the Kathmandu Valley. These stupas are significant landmarks in Patan. These give the town of Patan an addition to its already glorified beauty. Despite not having concrete evidence, it is believed that these stupas were built up towards the end of the 4th century AD.

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Additional information

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Stupa 1: Meet at Patan Durbar Square, And walk to Teta Thura (Eastern Stupa)

Meet at Patan Durbar Square, And walk to Teta Thura (Eastern Stupa)This Stupa is located about 200 meters east of Tyagal Tole of Patan near the Ring Road. It is comparatively bigger than the other two Stupas in perimeter. The perimeter of this Stupa is 75.83 meters and height 10.4 meters. It has fire Vedica (railing) of height 1.6 meters with one Tathagata in each direction. The dome of 4.5m in height is paved with firebricks with a square Harmika on the top. There are three inscriptions which are very difficult to read.

Stupa 2: Then walk to Lagan Thura (Southern Stupa)

Of the four stupas of Patan, the southern mound is known as Lagan Thura Stupa. It is the largest among the four stupas, measuring 47.40 meters in diameter and 11.80 meters in height. The mound is crowned by a recent structure, a miniature cenotaph added on the top. The shrines of Tathagatas (Buddhas) are believed to have been added in 1878.

Stupa 3: Walk to Pucho Thura (Western Stupa), and

The stupa is located on the busy Pulchowk intersection in the western end of Patan. The perimeter of this Stupa is 75.52 meters and it is 12 meters tall. It also has a Vedika of height 1.2 meters with one Tathagata in each direction. The dome is 6.5 meters tall is paved paved by firebrick. It does not have Harmika. The thirteen-ring Cakravalis are constructed directly over the dome in a square shaped pyramid structure. A Yasti caps the top.

Stupa 4: Walk to Ibahi Thura (Northern Stupa)

This Stupa is comparatively more complex and smaller than the other three Stupas. It looks similar to the Swoyambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu. It has a perimeter of 60.62 meters. It has five Buddha in the Vedika with their consorts except the Tathagata Vairocana. The Vedika is 1.5 tall and the dome is 5.5 meters in height. A square Harmika sits on the top of the dome. We can see a 13-step Cakravali with a Yasti on top of the Harmika.

For booking, email  your guide hello guide or call in his  whatsApps  or use right side of booking form show in this website.

Cost for this day trip: US$ 50  in total (for full day guiding tour).

For above tour Guide cost US$ 50 for a full day guiding fee.  This price apply for small group to big group. For example if you are less than 10 pax, then you need to dive the total cost accordingly.

Please note that your tour starting point is from Patan Durbar Square and you will end this tour at the Patan Durbar Square, however it will not include Patan Durbar Square sightseeing as if you includes then there will be no enough time for visiting these 4 Stupas.  Short briefing about Patan Durbar Square can be given our guide as introduction. Well, if you wish to includes also Patan Durbar Square and these 4 Stupas, then definitely you have to drive all the 4 places except the northern stupa which is nearby the Patan durbar square.

By walking (if you are good walker), it will take about 4 hours to visit all this places.

This price does not includes any transportation or taxi if you wish to drive. It is guided walking tour and if you wish to take car or taxi, that will cost extra. During the this tour, you will visit some extra places and Vihars, on the way, which is along the tour is included and our guide will no compromise showing you around!

Lagan Thura Southern Stupa
Lagan Thura Southern Stupa
Western Stupa
Patan Durbar Square

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